Tom Wilson's hot streak powering Caps

Ben Krimmel
November 24, 2018 - 11:32 am
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Tom Wilson is back and the Washington Capitals are loving it. 

In six games since his return, the Caps are 5-1-0 and after a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday have won four-straight. 

Call it the "Free Willy Effect?" 

After missing the first 16 games of the season due to suspension, Wilson has scored three goals and tallied five assists. 

“I guess we’ll just say I’m making up for lost time,” Wilson said.

Friday Wilson netted in the second period to level the score, before Michael Kempny and Alex Ovechkin (with an assist from Wilson) scored in the third.

“It certainly was a very difficult time for him when he wasn’t playing, especially building on what he was able to accomplish last year,” Caps coach Todd Reirden said. “His response has been noticeable.”

With Evgeny Kuznetzov and T.J. Oshie absent during this stretch, Wilson has filled in quite nicely. 

Wilson's offensive production is the surprise of the early season. Last season he managed 35 points in 78 games, this year he's at eight points in just six. 

But "Top Line Willy" isn't avoiding his defensive duties: He's averaged more time on the penalty kill per game than any player since his debut and helped the Cap kill 18 of their 21 penalties, per the Caps.

"The type of player he is, very responsible, high energy and is working hard in all situations," goaltender Braden Holtby said. "You can tell just in our defensive game from where it was, he has the ability to change a team that way."

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